Revised April 11, 1999

It is our goal to provide you with as much information in writing, so you can further understand what is needed for your position. What follows are some of the bather/dryers duties, but does not cover everything in whole.

Bathers arrive for their job and set up the bathing area as needed. Prepare buckets for cleaning cages. Then the bather/dryer comes to the holding area and finds the pet that is to be picked up the earliest. When the cage card is turned around backwards, do not take this dog until the card has been turned around. The groomers will be bathing their own dogs unless they ask the bather and then the card gets turned around to show the front. At this time the pet is checked for mats or any other groomer alert health matters. When there are several pets, he/she chooses one that is to be groomed. Each cage card has information on it regarding each individual pet. Here is an example:

Client Number______________. B G
Breed___________________ Male________________

In the Misc. area of the card, holds information such as if the pet is nippy, if there is special shampoo instructions, if the pet needs to be walked while here, any health alert notes, etc. Cage card must stay with the pet it belongs to at all times while here.

Bring the pet to the tub. Secure it with proper leash. Shampoo the entire pet, paying attention to the face, rear, feet and underside. Any eye dirt or fecal dirt must be removed in the tub. During the bath, the ears are cleaned in a manner suiting the pet. If the pet is to be bathed in any special shampoo, follow directions given with it, some must soak 5 to ten minutes. Rinse the pet thoroughly. This is an important step, because if any residue is left on the pet, it can cause them to itch, or have a reaction, especially the head, underside, privates, and feet. If the pet requires a condition rinse, it is applied after the bath, and rinsed. If the pet requires flea dip, it is applied after being bathed, and let sit on the pet (with a towel around it) in a cage for a minimum of five (5) minutes, before drying the pet. After bathing he pet, towel it off thoroughly. This shortens the time that it takes to blow dry the pet, and is accepted more by the pet. If the pet requires conditioner spray, it is applied after having been toweled off, and is worked into the coat. The dog is then placed with a towel around it in the cage unit for holding wet dogs. There are several bather/dryers working together, and a routine is established between them as to who does what in a team effort. One will bathe a few pets in a row, then proceed to drying them. Meanwhile, another will be drying some of the pets that the other bather/dryer has bathed, then proceed to bathing a couple. It is important to understand that pets are to be done as a team in a group effort to achieve quality and timely work.

A bather/dryer will take a pet from the holding cage unit, and bring to the drying bench. He/she will then proceed to force dry the pet to a point that it is damp, perhaps 85 to 90% dried. Then the pet is to be fluff dried and brushed using the heat dryer. It is vital at this point to brush at the point of the drying areas to straighten the coat. All curly or wavy coats must be blow and brushed straight. Toenails are clipped at this time.

If the pet is short coated, it can be force air-dried then cage dried. If a pet is to be cage dried, it is vital that he/she be carefully monitored and never left any longer than necessary for the petís safety. The dryer settings are never used on high heat setting. Check the pet every 15 minutes. After a pet is fully dried and brushed and combed, making SURE all tangles are out, checking armpits, and underside too, nails properly clipped, and filed if needed, complete with a bandana or bows. Then they are brought to the holding area for clean animals. Each cage is cleaned in between each animal and an animal is never placed in a dirty cage. The plastic cages have floor grills that are the indicators that the cage is dirty or clean. If it is dirty, it is flat to the floor. If it is clean, it is on its side. The cage card must be placed on the cage in the cardholder.

Continue to bathe and dry the animals throughout the day. Between animals, towels are to be washed and dried, cages need to be cleaned, and bathing area kept in a neat and orderly condition.

When all of the pets are completed, begin to clean the bathing area. This includes cleaning the filters on the dryers, filling the shampoo bottles, cleaning tubs, wiping down drying counter, sanitizing brushes and combs, etc. The floors are to be vacuumed throughout the bathing department, along with the gray cement floors in the holding areas. , And the bathroom, then mopped daily.

Other weekly duties are as follows, but not limited to:

Cleaning the bathroom, cleaning the air conditioner filter, bleaching out the tubs, emptying and cleaning the vacuum cleaner, cleaning behind cages, dilution of gallon shampoos, assisting the groomers with animals and/or clients when asked, dusting the retail area, windows (periodically). Additionally, take out any trash in the bathing area daily, walk dogs to relieve themselves (when instructed to), change out towels on shampoo table, Wash out vacuum hoses weekly.


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